Sunday, January 02, 2011

Church Services This Week at Sullivan Hollow Second Ward Weber Heights Stake Ogden Utah January 1-2-2011

The lesson was based on President Monson’s talk from last conference, The Three Rs of Choice

How would it be to have others people's interests thrust upon us?  Imagine you could not have your own favorite sports team, but had to have whatever favorite team was dictated to you.  The freedom to choose can breed deeper loyalty and love even though we might make bad choices on our own.

President Monson related a story about a man named Clayton M. Christensen.  The short summary I give does not do it justice, but here it is.

As a youth he determined not to play sports on Sunday.  However, he was on a basketball team and was the starting center.  They had made it to the final four in their tournament.  The other center was out with an injury and the final game was on Sunday.  After prayerful consideration, he told his coach he would not play.

President Monson said the following of Brother Christensen’s dilemma.

“That fateful, difficult decision was made more than 30 years ago. Brother Christensen has said that as time has passed, he considers it one of the most important decisions he ever made. It would have been very easy to have said, “You know, in general, keeping the Sabbath day holy is the right commandment, but in my particular extenuating circumstance, it’s okay, just this once, if I don’t do it.” However, he says his entire life has turned out to be an unending stream of extenuating circumstances, and had he crossed the line just that once, then the next time something came up that was so demanding and critical, it would have been so much easier to cross the line again. The lesson he learned is that it is easier to keep the commandments 100 percent of the time than it is 98 percent of the time.”

1 Corinthians 10:13
13 There hath no temptation ataken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be btempted above that ye are able; but will with the ctemptation also make a way to descape, that ye may be able to ebear it.

As long as we live upon this earth, Lucifer and his hosts will never abandon the hope of claiming our souls.”

Exercising our agency properly takes effort.  Many times we are dong good things, but fail to look up from what we are doing at other good things.

Today we discussed an overview of the new testament.  We also did a review of some of the contents of the various testaments (Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants).

Old Testament
  • The ten commandments
  • The basics
  • Temples
  • The creation
  • Inspirational stories
  • Symbols of Christ and prophesies of his comings.
New Testament
  • Parables
  • Testimony of Christ
  • Progress of the church
  • Basic organization of Christ’s church
  • The higher law,
  • Sacrament
  • The what
  • Baptism
Book of Mormon
  • Agency
  • Atonement
  • Plan of salvation
  • Simple
  • Covenants
  • The why
Doctrine and Covenants
  • Baptism for dead
  • Degrees of glory
  • Restoration
  • Direct revelation
  • Modern
  • Priesthood
  • Details of the organization of Christ's church
Luke wrote acts.  The book of Luke is about the life of the savior.  The book of acts is about the life of the apostles.  Kind of a sequel.

The epistles were put in the bible in order of longest to shortest. Many of The epistles are letters to a certain branch or congregation of the church or to the leader of those congregations.  Others are named for the person who wrote the epistle.

The Revelation is a revelation about the history of the earth, mostly about the time of the second coming of Christ and immediately before.

The gospels are the testimonies of the gospel of the author.

In the Bible Dictionary under the topic of Gospels there is a table called Harmony of the Gospels.  It lists events in the gospels and which authors talk about them and where in that book they described.the gospels"

Matthew writes to the Jews.  He is a tax collector.  He is an apostle.

Mark moves fast and has action.  He writes to the Gentiles, possibly under direction of Peter.

Luke was a missionary companion of Paul.  When the book of acts state that "we did this or that" he is speaking of him and Paul.  Luke writes to the gentiles.  Luke is a physician.

From the Bulletin
"Now, my brethren and sisters, the time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a season to be strong. It is a time to move forward without hesitation, knowing well the meaning, the breadth, and the importance of our mission. It is a time to do what is right regardless of the consequences that might follow. It is a time to be found keeping the commandments. It is a season to reach out with kindness and love to those in distress and to those who are wandering in darkness and pain. It is a time to be considerate and good, decent and courteous toward one another in all of our relationships. In other words, to become more Christlike." President Gordon B. Hinckley, 'This Is the Work of the Master," Ensign, May 1995, 71.

No comments: